Most writers, I think, pull from personal experience when they write, in the form of what they've learned or a conflict they went through.
Excepting, of course, when characters do something the writer hasn't done themselves. I, for example, have had no martial arts training and can't hack a computer, despite the fact my characters seem to be fighting and breaking into digital things all the time (believe me, I don't want to do either of them).
So I wonder: Have any of you writers gone out on a limb to try something you wrote about in one of your stories? And vice versa: Anyone done something out-of-the-ordinary to see if it was worth writing about? Or have you ever heard of another author doing something like that to add realism to their writing?
-----The Golden Eagle